Flowers on Douglas receives $1,200 Helping Hand

Published: May. 20, 2019 at 9:12 AM CDT
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When anyone tries to improve their city or community, small changes can make a big difference. Flowers on Douglas is one initiative, a private-public partnership, meant to beautify part of Downtown Wichita.

If you spend time on Douglas in downtown Wichita, you may have noticed a little more color over the past few years.

More than two years ago, Wichita real estate mogul Cindy Carnahan had a moment she'll never forget.

"I was at music theater downtown and I came out and I was just aghast as we walked down the street at how badly we needed vegetation and it just looked like no one cared," said Carnahan.

What she didn't realize was the City of Wichita and Downtown Wichita already had plans in the works to bring 114 pots to Douglas. The city bought the pots, while Downtown Wichita agreed to maintain them.

Downtown Wichita asked Carnahan to be the point person.

"I'm thrilled when people come up to me and say, 'Thank you when we're planting the pots. Thank you for the pots. We think they're beautiful. We're glad you're doing it,'" said Carnahan.

Jason Gregory with Downtown Wichita says Flowers on Douglas goes from Main street to Washington.

"When you have flowers I've heard people say it looks like somebody cares. It adds that human element when you're just walking along the sidewalk, you appreciate," said Gregory.

In addition to the 114 pots, there are also 130 hanging baskets.

Carnahan is also in charge of raising the $100,000 dollars a year to keep this program going.

"We mean business. We want it to look good down here," said Carnahan.

Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers surprised Carnahan and Gregory by telling them they'll get a $1,200 Helping Hand to go towards their fundraising campaign.

"Thank you so much. Thank you. Oh, that's huge. Thank you so much," said Gregory and Carnahan."

"That will help?" asked Evans. "Oh, absolutely. That will help absolutely. We appreciate it so much. That's fantastic, thank you," said Carnahan.

Gregory was able to meet with Dustin DeVaughn to thank him for the money.

"Thank you for making our community a better place to live and keep up the great work," said DeVaughn. "Thank you guys so much, we really appreciate it," said Gregory.

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